Owl Midge - Pericoma fuliginosa
Family - Psychodidae
Also known as - Moth fly
A very small midge around 2.5mm (0.1in) long body with slightly longer wings. Overall they are hairy, including the wings, having an almost cute fluffy grey appearance. They are supposed to look rather like an Owl when stationary.
Apparently 73 different species are acknowledged, predated by bats and birds. They are seen most abundantly in Spring and Summer but are largely nocturnal so are most commonly found on the shady side of tree trunks and under the leaves of Goat Willow, when seen in Brickfields Park. Owl midges breed in decaying matter and are one of the small insect species that pollinate Arum maculatum.
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